In the News: Exercise is the Key to Better Sleep, Seven Summer Injuries to Avoid, Calorie Obsession Goes Back 100 Years

Exercise is the key to better sleep. Recent studies have found that one-third of the U.S. population, (around 108 million people), are battling insomnia. Since it can be tricky determining which medication, diet, or habits are most helpful in curing sleeplessness, it’s comforting to note that exercise may be the solution. Rush University clinical psychologist Kelly Glazer Baron has found that patients with insomnia disorder not only slept better after a workout, but also had more energy in general, and felt less depressed. To get the full effect, you can try doing aerobic exercises for at least 2 1/2 hours a week and add strength training twice a week to target specific muscles. While scientists do acknowledge that exercise may not be exactly as effective as sleeping pills, it is still a much healthier alternative making it worth your while. Want more help? Here are five easy ways to sleep better. (CNN)

Seven summer injuries to avoid. In the summer months, it looks like a few injuries or illnesses are particularly common. When asked which conditions they treat most often, doctors have stated that heat-related illnesses, drowning, burns and cuts, food poisoning, sports injuries, skin irritation, insect bites, and sunburns take the cake. Luckily, by staying hydrated, having proper supervision at the pool and beach, taking precautions when cooking over an open flame, avoiding food that’s been out all day, being careful when playing sports, watching out for weird looking bug bites or hives, and regularly applying sunblock, you can avoid all of these issues and enjoy your summer pain-free. Want to learn more about summer wellness? Check out these debunked myths. (HUFFPO)

Calorie obsession dates back a century. Ever wondered where the whole calorie-counting craze got its roots? Turns out this trend dates back to 1918, the year “Diet and Health With a Key to the Calories” was published by physician Lulu Hunt Peters. While many advertisements in the early 1900s pushed women to take up smoking or wear strange rubber garments in order to lose weight, Peters was ahead of her time in understanding that metabolism and calories play a real role in weight loss. Nowadays however, scientists have come to realize that all calories are not created equal, and that the nutritional content of the food you’re eating (the protein, fiber, and fat), can play a role in fueling your muscles, keeping you full, and encouraging fat burn. Curious about your unique calorie type? Take this quiz. (BI)